What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

More than half of your utility bills in Libertyville consist of cost to heat and cool your home. To save as much money as you can, you need a system that can supply home comfort as efficiently as possible. The better your system’s energy efficiency, the more your system is doing while using less energy. If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your HVAC equipment, you should understand a few terms and ratings to be fully informed and get the best energy efficiency possible.

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, rating measures the cooling efficiency of your equipment at different temperatures. Higher SEER ratings signify better energy efficiency, and therefore, lower utility bills. For chillier northern states, The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER rating. Warmer, southern states must a minimum SEER rating of 14. If your unit has a lower SEER-rating, an upgrade could bring you a beneficial spike in energy savings.

AFUE or HSPF (used to measure heating efficiency: gas or electric)
Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratio identifies the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel expended—similar the miles per gallon you get from your car. Higher AFUE ratings equate to lower energy costs. So, an AFUE rating of 80 means that 80% of the heat produced by your furnace is heating your home, and 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is in essence the SEER rating for winter given that it measures only heating efficiency. Like the other ratings, higher numbers denote better energy efficiency.

At Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, you’ll find equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. We can help you find out the energy efficiency of your existing equipment and help you find ways to improve its efficiency and save money—whether with diligent maintenance or with new, more efficient equipment. Just call us at 847-362-0262 to schedule an appointment with us.

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